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Dr. Lisa Wright is a professor in
Kaplan University’s Department of Educational Studies. She currently leads
three classes in early childhood development, which cover the overall field as well as preparation for a
career and early childhood development observation and assessment.
In addition, Professor Wright is a
researcher in the field of early childhood interventions for preschool children
with autism and has presented at conferences and published journal articles on
her research findings.
Dr. Wright started her career as a
physical therapist, and after she was in the field working with children for
more than a decade, she began study on a grant focused on children with autism.
In addition, she became interested in researching interventions for children
with autism. During this time, Professor Wright earned her master’s and
doctorate degrees in early childhood special education.
Although she is a full-time
instructor, Professor Wright also is a licensed physical therapist and
certified teacher in K-12 Exceptional Students, and recently earned a post-graduate
certificate in applied behavioral analysis.
“I love working in this field
because no matter how much you know about autism there is always something new
to learn. Each child and family is so rewarding to work with. I tell my
students to be creative and open to new and innovative methods and practices. What
works for one child might not work for another. Think out of the box. Listen to
the parents. And never give up!”
In the upcoming Kaplan University College of Public Service
webinar, “Autism in the Real World: Recognition, Resources and the Future”,
Professor Wright will discuss resources for autism through the life span, from
early diagnosis through adolescence and adulthood.
“I am always surprised to learn the
capacity of the human brain and how much children—and adults—can learn,”
Professor Wright said. “That said, early assessment and intervention is
critical, and intervening early can make a dramatic impact on the child’s
Professor Wright tells us about the
opportunities Kaplan University students have if they are interested in early childhood development. Four new elective classes will be offered that are related
to autism including a general introduction to autism spectrum disorders,
teaching children, language and social skills development, and behavior
intervention and strategies.
“It is a really exciting time to be
at Kaplan University studying the field of autism,” Professor Wright said. “We’ve
made so much progress, yet there is so much more to do. I look forward to the
You can learn more about Professor Lisa
Wright’s experience in the field of autism at the College of Public Service
free webinar on autism: “Autism in the Real World: Recognition, Resources and the
Future”. Anyone interested in early
intervention in autism and resources that can benefit children and their
families through the lifespan can register here.
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